Apr 7, 2009 11:00am
Re: Bruce and Vince
Vince was not allowed to play piano while Bruce was around. Them's were the rules. He claimed that he didn't have much control over the output sounds -- and that it was Bralove's fault.
Generally speaking, Vince sounded much better in Hornsby-free shows.
Check out this interesting interview..http://www.digitalinterviews.com/digitalinterviews/views/welnick.shtml
DI: Bruce Hornsby was there as a “buffer” for a while.
VW: That was the deal. The job description was “Bruce will play the piano until we work in the new guy. You will play synthesizer -- not the Hammond organ, but synthesizer.” I wish it would have been the Hammond, too. It was either space, or they wanted to phase out that sound and replace it with other stuff.
DI: So when you and Bruce played together, you had split responsibilities?
VW: I had the bogus Hammond, the one that sounded not like a Hammond. [laughs] Whenever I went to the organ, that’s what I played, and the synthesizer. I learned all those songs on the piano at home. Now I get to the stage, and, with the exception of a very few rehearsals, we were up and running on the fall tour. “I must not be a piano player,” that’s what’s going through my head. “Be anything but a piano player now.” It was challenging.
DI: When Bruce went on his way, were you able to bring those other sounds in?
VW: Oh, yeah, and Bob Bralove was supplying my midi sounds, like he did with Brent. He fires them in from afar. He sends in, not the songs, but the sounds.
DI: A lot of electronics were utilized within the whole framework of the Dead?
VW: There was a "wall" of sound effects. Bob Bralove would keep adding more effects. I have pedals to bring them up. If I had all the pedals on full, you could be hearing up to six different sounds blended together.